The notion of an “off-season” seems to be lost on those theater folks, and several venues in the area keep pulling back the curtain on more and more shows. From edgy at the Urbanite to heartwarming at The Players, find ample opportunity to be in the audience (and the air conditioning) until the seasonal heat wave breaks. 

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training 

Theophilus North, July 11–28  
t’s the summer of 1926, and
Theophilus North leaves life in New Jersey for a worldly adventure—only to be stranded in Rhode Island. Among the rich and the poor, he embarks on an inner journey as expansive as any globetrot.  

Harbor, Aug 8–25  
Ted and Kevin have the perfect life—rich, happy, in love and insulated in the charming town of Sag Harbor. But when Kevin’s sister shows up pregnant and dragging along her 14-year-old daughter, life unravels in hilarious and moving ways.

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The Players Centre for Performing Arts

SHOUT! The Mod Musical, July 10–21   

Dust off the polyester and those old dance moves, as this throwback musical energizes audiences with the music, style and feeling of the 1960s with favorites like “To Sir with Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Goldfinger.”

Wonder of Our Stage, July 23–28  
What if Shakespeare were a robot? This latest work for the stage from Monica Cross brings audiences to the Elizabethan era, and examines the Bard’s humanity with an intriguing science fiction lens.

The Odd Couple, August 14–25  
A classic comedy of mismatched personalities, the freshly divorced and inveterate slob Oscar Madison finds common ground with the separated and fastidious Felix Unger, but rooming together may not be the best idea. If loneliness made them suicidal, company might make them kill.

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Florida Studio Theatre

Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s, June 11–July 21    

The music of Cher, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and more hits the stage for a rocking good time that explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Come Together” and “Killing Me Softly.”

Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow, June 26–Aug 4  
From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. This is her remarkable story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “This Joint is Jumpin’” and “Am I Blue?”

FST Improv: When X Meets Y – American Revolution, July 6  
With improv shows like Comedy Lottery running through September 21, this special Independence Day-themed improv performance sees the When X Meets Y team taking a tip from Hamilton with a story of revolutionaries falling in love.

The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade, July 23–Aug 30 

The Swingaroos return to FST with a new musical revue inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and icons like Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway and Fred Astaire. Featuring songs like “At Last,” “The Joint is Really Jumpin’ Down at Carnegie Hall,” and “Hooray for Hollywood,” break out the big band and get ready to swing.

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The Cottage, Jul 31–Aug 18  
It’s 1923, and something improper has occurred in the English countryside, as Sylvia Van Kipness confesses her secret love affair to her husband. But the secrets keep coming in this raucous comedy about love, marriage and, maybe, murder.

Who Loves You: Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond, Sept 3–Oct 13  
Another musical tribute to close out the summer season, this one brings to life the legend behind hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and many more. 

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Scorch, July 26–Aug 25 

Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ this production follows the story of a young teen named Kes, whose first time falling in love comes through an online connection. But the fantasy turns into a nightmare, as Kes becomes accused of criminal conduct.

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Venice Theatre

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR., July 12–14  

A children’s classic comes to the stage in a celebration of imagination, family and, of course, the magic of candy.

Urinetown, July 26–Aug 11
Summerstock performers go for the Tony in this award-winning satire about greed, love and revolution in a world where water is worth its weight in gold 

The Jungle Book, Sept 6–15 
Going back to the Rudyard Kipling classic, this story of family, freedom, law and bravery is about more than dancing bears. Enjoy this latest stage production, and compare notes with one of the many film versions.

Born Yesterday, Sept 20–Oct 6 
A timely send-up of political corruption and entrenched sexism, this play remains as sadly relevant today as during its 1946 Broadway premiere. When a millionaire arrives in Washington DC with shady plans and a trophy girlfriend, the latter may have more to say than he prefers.